"Research is showing... that our brains understand music not only as emotional diversion, but also as a form of motion and activity. The same areas of the brain that activate when we swing a golf club or sign our name also engage when we hear expressive moments in music. Brain regions associated with empathy are activated, too, even for listeners who are not musicians.Jerome Bruner's concept of "effective surprise" should have been a thing explored by the writer for the New York Times, as it helps to explain why some executions of musical works are merely that, executions, leaving the work dead, the listener as much so, and some are awakenings. In explaining effective surprise, Bruner quotes Yeats,
And what really communicates emotion may not be melody or rhythm, but moments when musicians make subtle changes to the those musical patterns."
God guard me from those thoughts men thinkAnd so teachers, too, should learn to think in the marrow bone. Effective surprise is a tool that wood workers utilize in creating lasting work, or that a chemistry teacher seeks to engage in the laboratory to capture the lasting interest of his scholars. Get it?
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone.
The photo above was simply selected from my collection of original photography. Even photography makes use of "effective surprise."
Make, fix and create.